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Smil Will Make You Smile...
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2014
If you enjoy history, economics, or science, Vaclav Smil's remarkable ability to merge all three disciplines will give the reader a fresh, and fascinating perspective on the "Age of Synergy", when many of the most important inventions of our current time where created.
The best thing about this book is that it changed my perspective and thinking. Not just about the Age of Synergy (the period between 1867 and 1914), but about our present day and age. I find it strangely reassuring to know that another generation successfully endured, and prospered during a period of profound change.
The conventional thinking of today is that we are living in a world that is changing at an ever increasing rate, never before experienced by mankind, and we are understandably stressed and anxious because of that. After reading this book, I am not so sure that is accurate - it seems the Age of Synergy shouldered much greater change.
I do have to mention one shortcoming of this book. The kindle edition has a number of stupid typos, often taking the form of "i.3" to refer to table "1.3". While nothing serious, and obviously the fault of the editor and not the author, they should not be here, as they interrupt the flow of the work. Seems to me the publisher could correct these errors and issue an update to those of use with ebooks.
I shall definitely carry on and read the second book in this series (typos or not).
Thank you Mr. Smil, for writing such an interesting, informative and enjoyable book!